Oracle Express on NetBSD

started by Emmanuel Kasper

Oracle Express is a free beer version of the Oracle Database. You are free to use it in production, and to redistribute it, but it has harcoded limits of use one CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB for a table size.

Download the binary at

Convert the rpm in cpio format

pkg_add -v rpm2cpio oracle-xe-univ- > oracle-xe-univ-

Unpack the cpio archive (it installs in /usr/lib/oracle )

cpio -idv < oracle-xe-univ-

Install the Suse linux environnment. I don't need what exactly needed, so I prefer to install all.

pkg_add -v suse-9.1nb3

Add oracle libraries to ldconfig library cache

echo /usr/lib/oracle/xe/app/oracle/product/10.2.0/server/lib >> /emul/linux/etc/

Test sqlplus binary

sqlplus /nolog 

Right now we have a sqlplus binary that works and is abled to connect over the network to a database but creating a database fails with the error:

ORA-12549: TNS:operating system resource quota exceeded

I guess some kernel recompile is necessary. See